After a semester of reflecting and talking to other teachers, students will create learning portfolios. This site serves as mine. I model my learning for my students. I want them to create a portfolio for themselves. It will transcend the class. It will be useful for them now, but also in the future.
Here is what I created for the students:
In addition to the skills and content required in this class, you will develop as a learner. Becoming a learner in the twenty-first-century¹ is essential². A learner has agency and control over the ability to gain new skills and new understandings of the world in order to adapt to the ever-changing nature of it.³ According to Stephen Sawchuk, “Futurists increasingly predict a rapidly changing workplace in which employees will be required to update their learning frequently, and on short notice. Employers, they say, will want flexible, adaptable workers who can pick up new content and technologies quickly and efficiently.” With this in mind, students will gain the necessary skills they need now and become a learner to adapt to the skills they will need in the future.
The students will create a Weebly — or if they have another way, I will allow them to use a different medium. Some of the students already have a portfolio from their CTE classes. They will add to this one. It’s not meant to be extra; more of a place to house how they have grown as a learner. I’ll keep you posted on how they go when I share it with the students tomorrow.
Sources that influnced post.
1. Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools – Ira Socol, Pam Moran
2. Learner-Centered Innovation by Katie Martin
3. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
5. The Children’s Machine: Rethinking School In The Age Of The Computer by Seymor Pappert